Co-hosts Robert Meyer Burnett and Mike Bawden talk about movie and tv spoilers, why people spoil other people’s fun, and what should be done with those who do it – all on today’s ROADTRIPPIN’ podcast.

Nobody likes a know-it-all … especially when they try to show it.

by Mike Bawden

Happy Fake Star Wars Day, everybody.

Star Wars holds a particularly dear spot in the hearts of Imagination Connoisseurs of my age because we were the perfect age for viewing the original trilogy of films (Episodes 4-5-6, for those of you who are counting) when they first appeared in theaters. And there was no bigger surprise in 1980 than when it was revealed by Darth Vader that he was, in fact, Luke Skywalker’s father.

We all had to search our feelings (and countless magazine interviews with George Lucas) to make sure it was true. But the secret was safe – at least for a while – so those not attending the show on opening night would be surprised by the big reveal, as well.

It was a common courtesy, really. We all knew a big twist when we saw it and who in their right mind would intentionally want to ruin that kind of delightful surprise?

Welcome to the 21st Century.

There is general disdain in polite society for those who intentionally try to spoil surprises. A-holes who tell someone about a surprise party or read an article over a friend’s shoulder only to tell them how things end before the reader is able to get there on his own … these people are, I’m sure, given some sort of extra punishment in the afterlife when they die.

But who counted on polite society dying first? Welcome to the age of the Internet spoiler where the rude rule and try to intentionally ruin experiences for people from the comfort of their own keyboard … and where others decide that every little tidbit of information about a long-awaited film or television show is a license to complain and play the victim.

It’s almost enough to make a guy pick up recreational reading again. Alone, thank you.

You can listen to our conversation here (Spoiler Alert: if you haven’t watched ‘The Twilight Zone’ episode: “To Serve Man” I’m afraid you’ll be severely disappointed – but not as disappointed as we are in you that you haven’t watched that episode and have had almost 60 years to do so. C’mon now.)  …

Listen to “Why we can’t keep a secret and the nature of spoilers (#020)” on Spreaker.

Rob asks a really good question during this conversation (just not phrased as a question) … what role has the Internet and our ability to communicate almost instantly from the convenience of our own, private cave played in this problem? Add to that the relative anonymity afforded to people by adopting online personas or avatars instead of having to publicly identify themselves and I think we can see where this is headed.

The lassie-faire attitude taken about spoiling other people’s enjoyment is, I think, directly parallel to the virtual courage shown by other keyboard warriors who troll people with whom they disagree or don’t like (whether they actually know the person or not). There’s a sense of power given to someone who can drop a bombshell on a conversation in order to become the center of attention.

And that doesn’t seem very healthy.

I asked Rob what he thought about people who view almost any tidbit of information about a TV show or a movie before its release as a “spoiler.” Are those people over-reactionary? Are they, in a sense, the mirror image of the “spoiler”?

It’s possible, I suppose. But in each case, what constitutes a spoiler for a show and what defines someone as a dirty-rotten-spoiler is, I suppose, in the eye of the beholder (or victim, if you will).

For me, I work on keeping a healthy distance away from people who don’t exercise the good judgment to distinguish for themselves what is a spoiler or not. An occasional slip-up, I understand. I do that myself. But those who are constantly showing off how much they know – or, more likely, THINK they know – are just braggarts. They’re also the same kind of people who overshare both in-person and on social media.

And, quite frankly, their boojudgmentrish behavior isn’t something I’ve got time to tolerate.

So I don’t.

What do you think?

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I invite you to listen in on my weekday conversations with my friend and business partner, Robert Meyer Burnett, as we talk about the things we love: great movies, inspiring television programming, nostalgic genre entertainment, and pop culture.

This episode streamed on May 4, 2022.

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